Perak Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu after launching the ‘Prihatin Perak Card’ at the Perak State Secretariat Banquet Hall.
IPOH, 10 APRIL 2019 - The Perak state government today launched its ‘Prihatin Perak Card’ to benefit people in need, especially those in the state.
Perak Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said the allocation of RM22 million to be handed over to 17,000 recipients from the Social Welfare Department and Baitumal was a promise announced by the statement government during the tabling of the state Budget 2019.
“The statement government is aware that the total number of eligible recipients throughout the state is far more. Nonetheless, the ability of the state government is limited and so far, it is only able to allocate RM22 million for this year.
“However, we will work harder to improve the revenue of the state so that we can help more deserving people out there,” he told a media conference after launching the card at the Perak State Secretariat Banquet Hall here today.
He said the government would cooperate with all departments and relevant agencies to carry out industry initiatives or social enterprises among the needy and hardcore poor.
“It is our hope that more people are able to generate their own income through small businesses which could be expanded to provide employment to others.
"This is a positive cycle we want to establish to ensure that the people enjoy the wealth of the state and country,” he said.
Meanwhile, State Social Wellbeing, Women and Family Development and Social Welfare Committee chairman Wong May Ing said from the overall allocation, RM17 million was used for basic necessities while RM5 million for health purposes.
She added that ‘Prihatin Perak Card’ recipients would enjoy two benefits, i.e. expenses for daily essential goods amounting to RM80 a month and RM300 for medical expenses annually.
“With the card, the transaction will be cashless, and the government is confident that this initiative would not only help the low-income group but also expenses on goods in shops throughout Perak,” she said.
She said 169 sundry shops and 400 panel clinics have registered with the state government for the programme, and all the card recipients can surf its website at www.perakprihatin.com to obtain a list of sundry shops and panel clinics under the programme.
|Perak Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu with some of the recipients of the ‘Prihatin Perak Card’ at the Perak State Secretariat building.|
|Perak Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu chatting with one of the recipients of the ‘Prihatin Perak Card’.|
|Perak Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu chatting with one of the Indian recipients of the ‘Prihatin Perak Card’.|
|MYDIN is also a panel sundry shop of the programme.|
|Perak Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu receiving the ‘Prihatin Perak Card’ certificate of recognition from a Malaysian Medical Association representative.|
Source : Corporate, SUK Perak.